Chinese turquoise ranges in color from vibrant sky blue to a deep blue-green. Ma'ashan and Hubei areas have been prolific providers of stone with beautiful color and matrix. Due to the rarity of North American Turquoise, Chinese turquoise accounts for the majority of turquoise on the market today.
Seen frequently throughout Native American jewelry, Sterling Silver "raindrops" are a traditional design element. They can be smooth and high polished or they can be starlike and oxidized.
Fortunate to have silversmith parents to teach him their traditional Nava techniques when he was young Burt Francisco was able to produce and successfully sell his own silver and turquoise jewelry before his twentieth birthday.
Now in his mid-fifties and a master artisan, Burt still enjoys each new silversmith project and challenge and feels truly blessed for the skills in his hands the joy of his heart that comes from his work.
Burt’s studio and home are in the rural Village of Canoncito, NM where he spends much of his spare time “fixing all the stuff in the house that everyone else busts up”.
It is also believed that Burt has not removed his baseball cap since 1983.
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